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Dedication Day - 147th Anniversary of the Gettysburg Address

with the US Colored Troop Graveside Salute

Friday, November 19, 2010

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Dedication Event

Friday, November 19
*Note: November 19, the anniversary of the Gettysburg Address, was formally designated as Dedication Day, by a joint resolution of the Senate and House of Representatives, on August 7, 1946. 

10:15 a.m.   Wreath Laying Ceremony
Soldiers’ National Monument, Soldiers’ National Cemetery
Visitors can walk through the cemetery along the upper drive to reach the rostrum. 
10:30 a.m.   147th Anniversary of the Gettysburg Address Dedication Day Ceremony
Keynote speaker: Sam Donaldson, formerly of ABC News, and Chief White House Correspondent during the Carter, Reagan, and Clinton administrations
Rostrum, Soldiers’ National Cemetery 
Event includes a Naturalization Ceremony, presented by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
11:15 a.m.   Colored Troops Graveside Salute
Speaker: Hari Jones, Curator of African American Civil War Museum, Washington DC 
(Or immediately following the Dedication Day Ceremony)
12:00 p.m.    Lincoln Fellowship Luncheon
Keynote speaker: Author Thomas Craughwell will speak on his book: “Stealing Lincoln’s Body”, Gettysburg
(Fellowship members only; pre-registration is required; no phone reservations accepted. For information on becoming a member of the Lincoln Fellowship, visit us online at, by phone 717-337-6590, or write to the Lincoln Fellowship, P.O. Box 3372, Gettysburg, PA,17325
4:00pm       Gettysburg Addresses Lincoln
Speaker: Jim Getty, “My Life as Abraham Lincoln”
Gettysburg Presbyterian Church                         
7:30 p.m.     12th Annual Michael Shaara Prize for Excellence in Civil War fiction awarded by Jeff Shaara
Recipient: Cornelia Nixon, for her book Jarretsville (Counterpoint, 2009)
Majestic Theater      
49th Annual Robert Fortenbaugh Memorial Lecture
Speaker: Edward L. Ayers, President of the University of Richmond 
Lecture: “Loyalty and American’s Civil War”
9:30 p.m.      Public Reception and Book Signing
Majestic Theater Lobby                            
Saturday, November 20 - Remembrance Day
1:00 p.m.      Remembrance Day Parade and Activities sponsored by the Sons of Union Veterans, visit their website at
5:30 p.m.      Eighth Annual Remembrance Illumination
Soldiers’ National Cemetery hosted by the Gettysburg Foundation.
Anyone interested in sponsoring one of the 3,500 luminaries is encouraged to contact the Gettysburg Foundation by calling (717)-338-1243 or visiting their website at
The Historic Gettysburg Railroad Station is open for tours daily 10:00am-4:00pm, free of charge. This is the station Lincoln used when he arrived in Gettysburg to deliver the Gettysburg Address.

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Soldiers' National Cemetery
97 Taneytown Road

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